Wheat taskforce announced

01 Feb, 2013 08:22 AM

WHEAT producers and agribusiness policy experts are among the group of seven people appointed by the federal government to help identify areas of inefficiency in the wheat market.

Agriculture Minister Joe Ludwig today announced the appointment of the members of the Wheat Industry Advisory Taskforce and the Taskforce Terms of Reference, as part of the Wheat Export Marketing Amendment Act 2012, passed by parliament on November 29, 2012.

Minister Ludwig announced Dr Michele Allan as chair of the taskforce, along with members Mark Barber, David Fulwood, Imre Mencshelyi, Mitch Morison, Rebecca Reardon and Graham Shields.

Dr Allan has 30 years of experience in a range of fields in executive and non–executive roles, including Birchip Cropping Group, Grains and Legumes Nutrition, and Food Standards Australia and New Zealand.

Mark Barber has 20 years of experience in agriculture, including as agribusiness practice leader in one of Australia’s largest economic consulting firms, ACIL Tasman.

Western Australia’s David Fulwood is the managing director of a family farm business and has been involved in the industry for over 15 years. He is also a Nuffield Scholar.

Imre Mencshelyi is an experienced executive manager in the grains industry, and was previously group chief executive officer of the CBH Group of Companies.

Mitch Morison was until recently the commercial general manager at Cargill Australia Ltd and has 20 years of commodity trade management experience in global grain markets.

Chief executive officer of Walgett Special One Co–operative, Rebecca Reardon, is an owner/operator of a grain growing operation in Moree, NSW. She has 19 years of experience in the Australian grains industry from international and domestic trading companies to bulk handler organisations to grower co–operatives.

Graham Shields is a wheat producer with 45 years of grain production in the central wheat belt and the south west wheat belt in Western Australia. He has strong experience in marketing and business management, with a background in grains export, fertiliser import and distribution, and udon noodle manufacturing.

Minister Ludwig said the taskforce represented an opportunity to give some clarity to a range of issues that have been raised by the wheat industry over the last decade.

“The taskforce will examine issues across the supply chain, including industry-good functions and provide recommendations to improve the efficiency and profitability of the industry outside of regulation,” he said.

“Industry is a key driver in this process, and I encourage all interested stakeholders to engage with the taskforce as it addresses its terms of reference.”

In forming the taskforce, Minister Ludwig invited key industry stakeholders to participate on a selection committee and provide recommendations for taskforce membership.

The committee comprised equal representation across the grower, trader/exporter and port terminal operator sectors, and was led by independent chair, Bob Granger.

The taskforce will provide its final report July 1, 2014.

Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and ForestrySource: http://www.daff.gov.au
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1/02/2013 11:25:22 AM

We have some wonderful industry representatives at the table here, in particular from WA. Of course the lesson of history for any private sector to flourish usually requires the size of government/bureacracy to be 'proportional' and when in doubt what that is adjust on the side of smaller/less. I guess we get to see how genuine governmnet is to work with the grains industry, unlike they have been doing with the meat sectors!
1/02/2013 4:33:41 PM

your parochialism is shining Aaron,have a closer look and you might see your industry being stolen from under your feet
Love the country
1/02/2013 7:35:34 PM

Here,here, Mark2, well said, it will happen.
Hick from the Sticks
2/02/2013 12:08:40 PM

The government is looking for more ways to step away from our industry. They will only be happy when we are peasant farmers scratching a subsistence living while the likes of Cargill and Incitec grow fat off our backs.
Philip Downie
2/02/2013 5:56:57 PM

3 grain traders and someone who may or may not have worked with wheat at all (agribusiness, broad brush) so what do they know about wheat industry good????? Suppose we will find out, hopefully before its too late.
X Ag Socialist
2/02/2013 6:44:12 PM

I'm with you , this time Aaron there some Good West Australians On board , good to see Imre back .
3/02/2013 3:07:46 PM

I would guess none of these people has ever been involved in wheat industry good functions. We had the IEG, which caused the problem by splitting everything (Burke) now the WIAT (Ludwig) to finish the job.
east coast optimistic
6/02/2013 5:02:54 PM

@Concerned - The taskforce hasn't even started its work, so maybe we should give them the benefit of the doubt and wait to see what they come up with.
7/02/2013 4:06:19 PM

ECO lets hope we get a chance to see it before it is enacted. I wont hold my breath, wheat industry has a habit of stuffing things up even when you thought it impossible, been doing it for years.
Jock Munro
8/02/2013 7:13:29 AM

X Ag Socialist is pleased to see Imre back but Imre was an agent for deregulation and the loss of grower control of the wheat industry and a reduction in their net returns. Perhaps Ex Ag Socialist is not a grower after all?
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